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  • Volunteer Member Reviews

    I would like to start a review process and have a private discussion with each of my members individually. Not just of the members themselves but more of the relationship between him/her and the department including expectations and how both can improve.
    Does anyone have some sort of a template of this or even just the "job review" for volunteers? I am looking for something to get me started and see what other departments are doing.

    Thanks in advance

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    The closest we've come to that is a booklet I borrowed from a source I don't remember, and I'm not sure I can find a copy. It was more for orientation for the new folks than established members. Enough tease, though.

    Sit down with your leadership and put together that checklist of the department's expectations for members. Training, responses, familiarization (and mastery), fundraising participation, other participation (community outreach, etc). Ask yourselves the question(s) about a firefighter's expectations of the department. Common ideas turn into more specific questions on firefighter's expectations.

    Keep in mind that this will be a work in progress for a while. What may seem like a simple question may lead to a deeper look into certain aspects.

    When my late father was bringing new reserve police officers into that organization, part of the interview process was to speak to the wife (today that would have to be "spouse") to ensure that she understood what was required of her husband. That might be something to consider not only for new members, but for your reviews. Many departments have lost members when the spouse decided the firefighter was spending too much time at the station. The spouse's insight may prove productive, even for senior members.

    Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.

    Everyone goes home. Safety begins with you.

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